How to Find Good Vacuum Cleaners

Finding good vacuum cleaners doesnt have to be hard. In fact, it can be quite simple if you know where to look to do the research. In my experience, Ive found 2 ways to find really good vacuum cleaners for both my home and my business.

The first way is to look to the industry stalwarts as far as ratings go. Consumer Reports is a very well known consumer oriented web site that creates independent reviews of many different types of products and services.   They provide buying guides which are also very helpful from a general standpoint.

I am a member of their online service which only costs $27 per year.  To me this is a great bargain. For good vacuum cleaners, they rate the abilities of the vacuum to clean carpet, bare floors, edges, ease of use, run time or charge time if its a portable vacuum cleaner, emissions, noise, and also the abilty to pick up pet hair. I speak from experience when I say that picking up pet hair is a full time job. Our black lab sheds like crazy twice a year and youd think someone shaved him by the amount of fur that we pick up.

As for this years models of stick vacuums, Bissell Versus, Black and Decker, Hoover, and Dirt Devil Power Stick all rated highly in the tests from consumer reports. The Hoover Flair and Dirt Devil were only 40 dollars while the other models were closer to 100 dollars. They seemed like a better buy to me.

Another method of finding a good vaccum cleaner is to utilize other consumers experiences with their purchases.  You can do this by visiting Search for portable vacuum cleaner or handheld vacuum cleaner and look at the results that come back.

Most times on Amazon, youll see that  product has a star rating on it from other consumers that have purchased the product and reviewed it.   I usually discount the reviews unless at least 30 or more people have purchased the product and have rated it good or bad.  The more reviews that you see, then the more weight the rating has since these consumers paid money, have used the product, and have actually spent time mentioning their experience with it online.

I also find that if you have a few free minutes, it is a great source of knowledge to spend time reading the consumer comments.   Ive found some great tips there, like ways to utilize some of the vacuum cleaner accessories, or how to make the vacuum cleaner last longer by cleaning it, etc.    Utilize other people to your advantage so that you dont throw away your hard earned money.

Review of ESTEAM Personal Hand Held Steamer, 120 Volt

The Esteam Personal Handheld Steamer is a valuable companion on your travelling trips. It’s a powerful steamer which effective removes wrinkles without ironing. It’s easy to operate and about thrice more powerful than other portable steamers in the market.

The steamer carries 8 ounces of plain tap water and runs a 600 watt heating element which heats water in a minute. Once heated, it steams continuously for 15 minutes per filling. It’s compact in design, lightweight and perfect to carry around and use in places where space is a constraint.

Fits practically any suitcase

The Esteam personal handheld steamer is made in USA and though it’s powerful, is so small enough to fit any suitcase. The steamer is rather durable, thanks to its high-impact plastic cover and design. It’s only 2 pounds in weight, and measures 5×6.5×11 inches.

Straighten wrinkled clothes in minutes

The Esteam is just right for removing creases on clothes on time for your meeting! Just fill up its 8 ounce tank and switch it on. It starts steaming in just 1-2 minutes but gives you sufficient steam for 15 minutes. More than enough to straighten creases!

No damage to your formal clothes

Instead of risking your clothes getting damaged using the hotel iron to give your professional wear a dry clean look, let your Esteam steamer do the work. It gives a professional look to your clothes so that you look dashing at the special event you’d travelled so far to attend.

Perfect to use in restricted spaces

This portable handheld steamer is not only a handy travelling companion, it’s also perfect to use in places with limited space. The Jiffy Esteamer solves the problem if space is a problem and you can’t set up an ironing board to iron clothes, like in apartments and dorm rooms.

In such cases you can depend on a standard outlet to provide the steaming power to the Jiffy steamer to use to steam clothes hanging on a hanger in minutes. Its compact size makes storing the steam cleaner in a drawer or closet shelf when not in use.


  • Strong outer pink or black plastic cover for added durability
  • Has 9 foot power cord for added flexibility
  • Heats water up within a minute
  • Provides steam for 15 minutes
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty
  • Made in USA with a 600 watt heating element-thrice more power than other models
  • Holds 8 ounces of water in a wide-mouthed, easy to fill water tank
  • Perfect to use while travelling and where space is a constraint
  • Has an auto-off feature which prevents overheating and risk of a fire
  • Has various adapters for international use


  • It’s 120V power is fit for north American users only
  • No on/off switch; so it may use steam even when the idle
  • A bit bigger than its other handheld garment steamer counterparts
  • No continuous steam
  • Produces large, sporadic water spurts which leaves wet spots on clothes
  • Some complain it doesn’t straighten wrinkles from cotton clothes